Foundation and Government Support

Support from charitable foundations and public agencies sustains the Seattle Symphony’s rich tradition of artistic excellence. Not only does this crucial support enable our orchestra to engage in artistically challenging endeavors, it allows us to explore new ways of deepening service to our city and region, making it possible to:

  • Foster artistic growth through new commissions, recordings, festivals, tours and residencies.
  • Educate children and adults with programs for families, schools and community groups.
  • Conduct classes and exhibits housed in Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center.
  • Maintain accessibility to high-quality programs through appropriate infrastructure and technology.
  • Operate a financially sustainable cultural institution serving the entire Puget Sound region.

Grants and other charitable gifts are the primary funding sources for the Seattle Symphony’s nationally recognized education and community programs serving more than 100,000 people annually.

The Seattle Symphony is supported by many private and community foundations.

Major institutional funders include:

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  • Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
  • The Clowes Fund, Inc.
  • John Graham Foundation
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The Moraine Foundation
  • Nesholm Family Foundation
  • New Music USA
  • The Norcliffe Foundation
  • Seattle Symphony Foundation

Questions? Contact Senior Major Gift Officer Paul Gjording at or 206.215.4838.

Thank you for your support of the Seattle Symphony!
The Seattle Symphony is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID# 91-0667412.